Know Your WW2 History: Operation Barbarossa

The Nazi-Soviet War was the Largest Land Battle Ever Fought

 

Excellent read on Operation Barbarossa with some really nice pictures.

 

For all my fellow Military Historians out there, here is a short list on the subject:

 

Know Your Guns: History of the East German Makarov

HISTORY OF THE EAST GERMAN MAKAROV

 

When I was hot and heavy into Curio and Relic collecting fifteen or so years back I had several different flavors of Makarov, including a true East German PM (with original DDR markings) a Polish P-64, A Hungarian FEG PA-63 and a very rare Bulgarian PPK clone.

As with all Eastern Block C&R Military pistols, the double action trigger on Mak’s were atrociously bad, somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds. This was a purposeful design however to keep peasant conscripts from shooting their own dicks off.

Other than that, they were a real pleasure to shoot with a caliber I would describe as a “.380 ACP on growth hormones”.

 

 

Havana Syndrome — What Are the Frequencies Used by US Intel for Microwave Spying? [UPDATE : Snowden doc reveals joint NSA/GCHQ project and corroborates Intel Today’s Analysis]

Some really nasty shit.

Study Up!

This is 4th and 5GW 101.

Intel Today

” LOUDAUTO is extremely useful for picking up room audio. It can pick up speech at a standard, office volume from over 20′ away. (NOTE: Concealments may reduce this distance.) It uses very little power (~15 uA at 3.0 VDC), so little, in fact, that battery self-discharge is more of an issue for serviceable lifetime than the power draw from this unit. The simplicity of the design allows the form factor to be tailored for specific operation requirements. All components at COTS and so are non-attributable to NSA.”

From the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group implant catalogue

September 17 2018 — Why is the Washington Post telling his readers that “Microwave Weapons” do not exist? Why do they ridicule a known technology — patented in the US and used by the NSA according to documents leaked by Snowden — as fake news? Why was the initial report regarding the…

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The Hind Heist: The Secret US Operation to Steal the Soviet’s Top Helicopter

Without a doubt one of the coolest aircraft ever fielded, the Mi-24 Hind is something of a flying APC, allowing a squad of Air Assault troops to hit a target while providing close air support. I always thought it was an impressive aircraft and one I’ve always wanted to fly in. The closest I’ve got…

via The Hind Heist: The Secret US Operation to Steal the Soviet’s Top Helicopter — American Partisan

Obscure History: The 3 Barreled Machete Soviet/Russian Cosmonaut Gun

Check out the 3-barrelled machete gun carried into orbit by Russian cosmonauts until 2006

 

Crazy stuff.

At first I thought they were preparing Ivan to meet some hostile alien creature but then logic took over and I remembered where their return capsules landed: SIBERIA!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!